Join the protest Monday 5th January
I hope you are having (or have had) a great Christmas break. I just wanted to let you know about a couple of things that are coming up.
Tonight I’ll be in a radio debate on BBC 5 Live making the case for public ownership of our railway (between 10.30 and 11pm if you want to tune in).
Then next Monday 5th January there is a protest against high train fares and privatisation, at stations around the country.
In January, rail fares will go up again by up to 5%. Taking the train is getting more and more expensive, but it doesn’t need to be this way. A publicly owned railway would save money and could reduce our fares by 18%across the board.
We Own It is making the case for public ownership together with Action for Rail, Bring Back British Rail, Compass, the Campaign Against Climate Change, the People’s Assembly and local groups.
You can join in the action on the 5th at a railway station near you – check out the list and get more information here. If you’re planning to come, you cansign up to the event on facebook.
If you can’t make it, it would be great if you could:
- Ask your MP to sign Early Day Motion 438 if you haven’t already. The Public Service Users Bill we’re campaigning for would make the public sector option the default for our railways, rather than the privatised option. Will your MP commit to this Bill?
- Share our latest video ‘The cost of a privatised Christmas’ which shows that public ownership of rail, water and energy would save the average household £250 a year. Not everyone takes the train but we all pay high water and energy bills. Let’s spread the word that privatised services aren’t as ‘efficient’ as we’re told.
I’ll be at the Kings Cross protest next Monday 5th – maybe see some of you there!
Happy new year and here’s hoping 2015 is a better year for our railway.
Cat and the We Own It team